In a completely scripted performance lasting just ten minutes,
- petition challenger Wrayburn Krohn’s attorney, Judith Svensen, withdrew her client’s objection,
- the Grafton Township Electoral Board accepted the withdrawal and
- ruled unanimously that Pam J. “Pam” Fender would appear on the Republican primary ballot on February 26, 2013
The objection had been based primarily on Fender’s have put two names in the box where the candidate’s name appeared, plus having noted the election was on Feb. 26, 2012, rather than 2013.
Electoral Board Chairwoman Barbara Murphy got over the first problem by announcing Fender’s name would read, Pamela J ‘Pam’ Fender.”
The incorrect date was ignored since the objection was withdrawn.
Fender sat next to her attorney Jim Kelly, whom she announced soon after declaring her candidacy would be running on her “peace” slate for township trustee. Kelly did not file for that office.
Besides Murphy, the other members of the Electoral Board were Clerk Harriet Ford and Trustee Betty Zirk. Both Murphy and Zirk voted to install Fender as Township Administrator without advertising the opening.
Watching the proceedings were primary opponents Martin Waitzman and Linda Moore.
Attorney for the Electoral Board was Adam Lasker of Ancel Glink.